Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia returned home Wednesday ending her three-month private trip to London.
Khaleda, also a former prime minister, landed at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, after 5 pm by an Emirates Airlines flight from Heathrow.
Several thousand activists and supporters of the BNP, an opposition outside parliament, accorded reception to their leader, arrest warrants against whom was issued in five cases related to firebomb attacks allegedly by her supporters in 2015.
Khaleda is likely to surrender before the courts Thursday to secure bail in those cases.
The BNP chairperson left Dhaka for London on July 15 for treatment of her ailment. She spent time with her family members as her son and also BNP’s Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, accused in a number of graft cases, has been staying in London.
Khaleda underwent a eye surgery at a hospital in London on August 8.
The former prime minister spent three months abroad when Bangladesh faced severe monsoon flooding that killed more than 100 people in the northern parts of the country, and witnessed an influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.